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iPad Pro Vs. Competition: What's The Best Business Tablet?

With the arrival of the iPad Pro, the tech world is talking about enterprise tablets. Which model is best for you?
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Apple has its eyes on the enterprise with the iPad Pro, a business-oriented tablet it unveiled at an event earlier this month. It's the latest effort to spark iPad sales amid slow growth in the tablet market.

iPad shipments have tumbled since the first fiscal quarter of 2014, when the device peaked at 26.4 million units shipped. This fell to 10.9 million units during Apple's most recent fiscal third quarter, marking an 18% drop in devices sold from the prior year.

Apple seems to hope its broader iPad lineup and engagement with an enterprise audience will help make the tablet relevant once more.

But will it work?

[iPad Pro: Pros And Cons]

Apple isn't the only tech company with tablet troubles. The nature of tablets and the tablet industry, combined with the evolving demands of consumers, have caused market growth to plateau.

Larger and more capable smartphones have replaced the need for tablets among most consumers, who don't see the need for two small touchscreen gadgets. When it's time for a new mobile device, most people would rather buy the latest iPhone than upgrade an iPad.

When they do purchase a tablet, customers rarely find a need to upgrade when new releases hit the market. Most tablets are sturdily built, and updated versions haven't included enough innovative features to motivate purchases.

Targeting business users is a new move for Apple, which has traditionally marketed its products to consumers. Apple's popularity could give the iPad Pro a boost in the enterprise, but it will face competition from giants like Microsoft, Google, and Samsung. After all, most people who own Apple devices for personal use continue to work on competitor products in the enterprise.

The iPad Pro is a high-quality device, but is it really the best for business? Let's take a look at a broader range of enterprise tablets and see which are built to meet the growing needs of enterprise users.

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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Susan Fourtané
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9/23/2015 | 5:57:18 AM
The iPad Pro is the best option for business
Kelly, it is clear to me that the iPad Pro is way better than the Surfice Pro 3. The iPad Pro not only has a better camera and resolution, more sensors, and option to include cellular data; it has its compatible smart keyboard and Pencil. The 10-hour battery life last more than the 9-hour battery the Surfice Pro 3 has. The iPad Pro's design is much better, more beautiful that the Surface Pro 3, this includes better materials in the hardware manufacturing. iOS 9 is way better than Windows 10. For those who prefer an OS that doesn'r crash every day causing hundreds of problems and waste of precious time there is no point of comparison. I don't understand why you say the iPad Pro's price tag is a downside but you don't say the same about the proce of the Surface Pro 3. The difference between both 128GB modeles is only $50, and the Surface Pro 3 doesn't have the software stability and security the iPad Pro has. -Susan
Thomas Claburn
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9/22/2015 | 4:57:56 PM
call me old fashioned...
...but if it doesn't have a command line, why bother?
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